03-03-2013, 01:30 AM
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I made that trip about two years ago. We moved from just south of Richmond VA back to our home state of TX. I had two horses to haul. We used our 2 horse thoroughbred trailer. It wasn't fancy but we did spend what was necessary to make it safe for a trip like that. It got all new tires including the spare, brakes were checked, bearings were packed, break away box overhauled, and of course all the lights and floor checked out. I filled a rubbermaid box full of soaked hay since horses tend to not want to drink what they need on a trip. Mine ended up drinking rather well so that wasn't an issue. We did stop every 2 hours just to allow them to stand still for a while. That in itself is great rest for them. But we actually didn't unload. We were told this was more stress on them in strange surroundings if we weren't going to stop and stay for a day or two and at the time, one of ours was an iffy loader so we opted just for the every 2-3 hours stops. Forget shipping boots if you're thinking about it. I considered it and learned they just slide down and become a nuisance or rub. DON'T feed grain while on the road. That can lead to colic. Just offer plenty of hay. Oh and we hauled with our E350 powerstroke 12 passenger van. It did great. Horses did great. My 6 kids did great. We all arrived happy and in one piece. It's really not as complicated as it might seem as long as you don't try to keep up with the speed limit (I kept it between 55-60 most of the way) and stop regularly. Safe travels!